I met Dustin's Uncle on a police website. He had requested me to add him as a friend when I looked at his profile.
His entire profile was devoted to his nephew. It was completely amazing to me.
Marine Cpl Dustin J. Lee was born April 7, 1986, Killed March 21, 2007 in Fallujah, Iraq. He was only 20 years old. Dustin was born in Meridian, MS, graduated from Quitman High School in 2004. He was stationed at MCLB, HQ BN in Albany GA, before deploying for Iraq. Cpl Dustin J. Lee was a Marine K9 handler attached to
3rd Recon Battalion in Fallujah when the attack happened. His dog Lex received injuries but non life-threatening.
His Uncle is not only a police officer however his father is also a LEO; Mississippi Highway Patrol Jerome Lee.
"He always wanted to call the dispatcher on the radio to tell them I was in service," said Jerome Lee Thursday afternoon. "I let him play with the siren and lights some. He wanted to become a state trooper."
But Dustin Jerome Lee won't be able to fulfill his dream of being a trooper and following in his father's footsteps. Dustin Lee, 20, died earlier this week serving in the U.S. Marine Corps in Iraq — six weeks before he was expected to return home.
The Lee family was notified Tuesday of their sacrifice by Marine Corps officials.
Dustin Lee was serving in the 3/14 G Battery, 3rd platoon in Falluja when he was killed. Jerome Lee said his son died of injuries suffered in a mortar attack.
"He was hit in the chest with shrapnel from the blast and was medi-vaced out of the area to a hospital," said Jerome Lee. "He died a little while later."
The two men talked the day before Dustin Lee was killed. Jerome Lee said his son was sounding upbeat and in high spirits.
"Maybe it was the knowledge he was coming home in about six weeks. I don't know. But he left me a voice message on my answering machine before he went out on his last mission," Jerome Lee said.
Jerome Lee played back the message left by his son. In the message, Dustin Lee said he just wanted to call before he headed out and to tell everyone he loved them.
"He said he'd talk to us later," Jerome Lee said
Police officers and military helped Dusty take his last ride up Highway 513...
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And so in honor of MAY which is police memorial month and Memorial Day coming up, I worked hard to put this video together for Cpl. Lee and his family.
The third picture from the end of the video is the very last picture of Dustin and his uncle.
His Uncle has a myspace page dedicated to him:
In: Iraq, Other
Tags: Marine Corporal Dustin Lee, Mississippi Highway Patrol Trooper Jerome Lee, Marines, Police Memorial, Fallujah, K9 Lex
Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States (load item map)
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